Freak Out Review
Written by: Meh
I am a big fan of indie slasher flicks. But there is a key definition that must not be missed. I dont like shitty indie slasher flicks. Freak Out is a cheesy, moronic, slasher flick with homophobic undertones, semi nude men, a lame duck serial killer, hot chicks you and I will never get, some homage to evil dead and night of the living dead, and I freaking love it. Yes thats right I loved it. Now that is a run on sentence ladies and germs!
The makers of this film I dont know from Adam and in fact they have even ignored my requests to share a trailer on site, so certainly nobody can say this review caters to them. This film is one of those indie films that is a cult classic waiting to happen in the indie genre. It is really no surprise to me that AnchorBay picked it up ( thanks for the screener copy by the way ). Freak Out plays into all the typical stereotypes and gives them a twist. Remember the shower scene that folks do over and over again with the hot babe? Yep they did it, right down to the lame music, only with a DUDE not a chick and yes it sounds nasty but its absolutely hilarious and well played
In Freak Out Merv Doody (James Heathcote) is a true horror aficionado. He's seen it all. That's when fate delivers an inept psycho killer to his doorstep. At first, Merv is interested in not getting killed, but then it becomes something more. He must transform this bumbling reject from the local asylum into the ultimate killing machine. Enlisting the aid of his best friend Onkey (Dan Palmer), they set about making the best slasher in the world. Forget Jason and Freddy. They're losers. The man with the spatula (that's right, I said spatula. You wanna make something of it, Sissy?) learns his lessons too well. It isn't long before the man with the hockey mask and orange jumper is carving a path of destruction through the sleepy town of Redwater Cove. Merv and Onkey find that they are the only two who can stop the murderous rampage of their own creation. The only question is how do you destroy an unstoppable machine of utter madness?
Most killers are dangerous lurking maniacs, but not in Freak Out. He is about as scary and manly as the Easter Bunny. But that is what makes the movie work .Picture a film about a couple of complete morons who team up with a complete moron of a mental patient, turn him into a raving maniac and then splash in all kinds of stereotypes done backwards. Instead of the screaming hot chick, you got the screaming ugly white boy, instead of the hot massage scene, you get the serial killer and white boy massage scene. Its wrong, its funny, and its not gonna ever make it into theatres but I like it. The writing is the key to any good indie film in my books. If you cant afford a budget, and cant afford a real camera crew you have to at least have two things. First is lots of beer to get people to be in your movie and number two is great writing. This movie definitely had great writing and the crew will hopefully hit our forum and let us know if there was any beer. You combine good writing, with good acting, and a really well done camera job and you have yourself a slasher flick that isnt quite a slasher flick, a killer that is more Martha Stewart then Michael Meyers and a movie that is worth every shilling.
If you are a fan of Stink of Flesh, Hide & Creep, Alien Apocalypse ( starring Bruce Campbell I might add) or any other great indie film you are going to want to check this one out. Well written, good acting, and a great soundtrack to get your not so scary juices flowing! Freak out is a must see for me!